College basketball players testing the waters of the NBA draft will have more time to decide their status after the NCAA announced Wednesday night it would push back the deadline to withdraw.
The original June 3 deadline will be postponed, and a new date won't be announced until the NBA sets a revised timeline for its pre-draft process, NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt said in a statement. Gavitt added that the decision comes "out of respect to the NBA's process."
The statement also read, in part, "This modification is being made with the health and well-being of our student-athletes in mind, along with their ability to make the most informed decisions during this uncertain time, and is based on the recent announcement by the NBA to postpone the 2020 NBA Draft Combine."
The NBA draft lottery, initially set to occur on May 19, and the scouting combine, originally slated for May 21-24 in Chicago, have been pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. The deadline for college players to withdraw their names and remain in college generally comes 10 days after the combine.
The NBA has made no decision yet on the fate of the draft itself, scheduled for June 25 at Barclays Center in New York.
"The NCAA membership will ensure that any change supports a player's decision-making process related to professional opportunities while also protecting their academic pursuits and the opportunity to play college basketball," Gavitt's statement added.
--Field Level Media